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- Object: A new vision, by Robert Southey, Esq.! LL.D.!! Poet laureate!!! &c!!!! &c!!!!! &c!!!!!!
Illustration in the newspaper 'A slap at slop', second edition. Southey stands directed to the r., chanting Sing we Now Apollo's praise; from his neck a large barrel is slung, in the manner of an orgue de barbarie He applies a corkscrew to a hole, from which liquid inscribed Vision of Judgement gushes into a reversed crown. He is dressed as a medieval jester, but wears a (Jesuit's) biretta decorated with a dagger and a (tricolour) cockade, emblems of the ex-Jacobin, see No. 12877. Towering above him is George IV as Apollo (as in No. 12082), playing a lyre, and naked except for scanty drapery and cavalry boots (see No. 14220), with peacocks' feathers for spurs (cf. No. 13299). One toe is poised on the base of the peg-leg of Sewell, whose legs (see No. 14223) emerge from a steaming slop-pail (see No. 14207), in which he is immersed to the waist. The King's head is irradiated in the manner associated with Louis XIV. 2 August 1821
Wood-engraving printed from two blocks
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Height: 146 millimetres
Width: 138 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Heading to a parody of Southey's Vision of Judgement. A violent attack on Southey, the Ministers, and George IV, burlesquing Southey's unrhymed hexameters. The title in the pamphlet edition is Doctor Southey's New Vision. For Byron's Vision . . . see No. 14496.
A signed sketch, with differences, is in the B.M., 1891,1117.21, verso (Binyon, i. 284, P&D pressmark 199.c.1/21, reverse.) On this are portrait heads of G. C. and Hone.
Reproduced, Hackwood, William Hone, 1912, p. 297.
For Dorothy George's account of the publication history of the woodcuts by George Cruikshank in A Slap at Slop and the Bridge Street Gang (BM Satires 14207-14232), see 1870,1008.1321.1.
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